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Art Design Chicago Projects To Date

Art Design Chicago Projects To Date (as of October 31, 2023)

Subject to change. For the most up-to-date and growing list of exhibitions, public programs, convenings, and research and learning resources, visit


Dreaming of a Future
Threewalls, June 10 – September 17, 2023
This exhibition and publication project documents the role of Black visual art spaces, their evolution across time and geography, and the importance of Black artists and community members shaping Black and community spaces.
Media contact: Jeffreen Hayes,

Carlos Cortéz 100 AÑOS
National Museum of Mexican Art, August 13, 2023 – February 18, 2024
This centennial exhibition celebrates the legacy of Carlos Cortéz (1923–2005), one of Chicago’s most important social justice artists working in the 20th century whose life’s work depicted scenes of labor disputes, protests, and underrecognized historical events and individuals.
Media contact: Diane Laux,, 630-921-2150

entre horizontes: Art & Activism Between Chicago and Puerto Rico
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, August 19, 2023 – May 5, 2024
This interdisciplinary exhibition examines the affinities and relationships between the social-justice and anti-colonial movements and artistic production of the Puerto Rican diaspora in Chicago from 1960s to present.
Media contact: Manuel Venegas,, 773-996-1697

Native Futures
Center for Native Futures, Sept 16, 2023 – May 17, 2024
The newly formed Center for Native Futures (CfNF) presents this inaugural exhibition featuring more than a dozen established and emerging Native artists in the Great Lakes region, including works by CfNF’s co-founders as well as Noelle Garcia, Kelly Church, Jason Wesaw, Tom Jones, Holly Wilson, John Hitchcock, Camille Billie, June Carpenter, Codak Smith, Le’Ana Asher, Dakota Mace, Ji Hae Yepa-Pappan, Chelsea Big Horn, Lydia Cheshewalla, Hattie Lee, X and TIES poets.
Media contact: Monica Rickert-Bolter,, 773-519-3238

Ruth Duckworth: Life as a Unity
Smart Museum of Art, September 21, 2023 – February 4, 2024
This exhibition exploring the art of Duckworth (1919–2009) features —earthy vessels, large-scale clay-tile murals in high relief, bird-like stoneware figures, and nearly translucent porcelain sculptures—created during her nearly half-century-long career in Chicago. The exhibition repositions Duckworth as a pioneering modernist deeply engaged in the natural world.
Media contact: C.J. Lind,, 773-702-0176

A Love Supreme
Elmhurst Art Museum, January 20 – April 28, 2024
Designer Norman Teague uses jazz musician John Coltrane as muse, providing parallels to his own life and artistic career in this solo show to be featured in the museum’s main galleries. An adjoining intervention by Teague and other designers of color will be presented in the museum’s Mies van der Rohe’s McCormick House.
Media contact: Katy O’Malley,

Alice Shaddle: Fuller Circles
Hyde Park Art Center, March 23 – June 16, 2024
This exhibition examines the enduring work and practice of Alice Shaddle (1928–2017), a Chicago artist and long-time Hyde Park Art Center teaching artist, who also co-founded the women’s artist collective and gallery, Artemisia (1973-2003).
Media contact: Sofia Gabriel Del Callejo,, 773-324-5520 x 1004

Victoria Martinez: Braiding Histories
Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, April 6 – July 28, 2024
This one-person exhibition features the art of Chicago-based creative Victoria Martinez who works in a variety of materials and scales, drawing inspiration from the body, the urban environment, architecture, graffiti, and the work of Chicago-based fiber artist Claire Zeisler.
Media contact: Madeline Long,, 312-744-0573

The United Colors of Robert Earl Paige
Hyde Park Art Center, April 6 – October 27, 2024
The first retrospective dedicated to the lively work of South Side artist, designer, and educator, Robert E. Paige, this exhibition features work in multiple media made over the past sixty years and expands the definition of his practice beyond the textile designs for which he is best known.
Media contact: Sofia Gabriel Del Callejo,, 773-324-5520 x 1004

Arte Diseño Xicágo II • From the World’s Fair to the Present Day
National Museum of Mexican Art, April 12 – August 11, 2024
This exhibition examines the 1893 World’s Fair as a platform for expressions of cultural identity and ways in which many Chicago and Mexican artists had similar objectives. The exhibition features 19th century works of art from both countries by some of the leading artists who participated in the fair, along with contemporary artwork by Chicago-based artists born in Mexico and whose art reflects their transnational experiences.
Media contact: Diane Laux,, 630-921-2150

Christina Ramberg: A Retrospective
Art Institute of Chicago, April 20 – August 11, 2024
This retrospective exhibition presents the work of Christina Ramberg (1946-1995), an artist associated with the Chicago Imagists and best known for her paintings featuring stylized fragments of the female figure. In addition to key works drawn from across the artist’s corpus, this presentation features rarely seen quilts, late abstract paintings, and archival material.
Media contact: Jen Nelson,

Opening Passages: Photographers Respond to Chicago and Paris
FACE Foundation, May 4 – August 31, 2024
This multi-site photographic exhibition features recent bodies of work by ten artists who engage the dynamic social landscapes of either Chicago or Paris, staging a cross-cultural reflection on contemporary life in two global cities.
Media contact: Laurence Geannopulos,

Seen and Unseen: South Asian American Art in Chicago
South Asia Institute, May 18 – October 26, 2024
This project includes two parallel exhibitions featuring South Asian American artists in Chicago: An archival exhibition of 25+ years of under-documented exhibition history along with an exhibition of contemporary art by Chicago based South Asian American artists. A series of related panels, presentations, and programs complement the exhibition.
Media contact: Ankit Khadgi,, 312.929.3911

Designing for Change: Chicago Protest Art in the 1960s–70s
Chicago History Museum, May 18, 2024 – June 28, 2025
This exhibition highlights Chicagoans of the 1960s–70s creating art as a catalyst for social change alongside contemporary artists who make art that addresses social issues including immigration, mass incarceration, and environmental justice.
Media contact: Veronica Casados,

Theaster Gates: When Clouds Roll Away: Reflection and Restoration from the Johnson Archive
Rebuild Foundation, May 23 – August 31, 2024
Over the last nine years, artist Theaster Gates has stewarded the Chicago-based Johnson Publishing Company’s ephemera, periodicals, furniture, inventory, and architectural fragments. For this exhibition, Gates will pull from his personal archive of Johnson’s architectural fittings and furniture to make available newly restored objects, everyday office furniture, and works of art owned by John H. Johnson. Through this exhibition, the Stony Island Arts Bank becomes a temporary portal for public memory, new conceptual questions, and the archive as a launching pad for new artistic production.
Media contact: Minah Kwon,

Great Lakes Exhibition (Title TBA)
Center for Native Futures, June – December 2024
This exhibition features works by Native artists who have ties to the Great Lakes region through their physical location or tribal affiliation.
Media contact: Monica Rickert-Bolter,, 773-519-3238

Pilsen Days: Photographs by Akito Tsuda
Chicago Public Library (multiple locations), June 1 – December 31, 2024
This exhibition makes visible the photograph collection of Japanese photographer Akito Tsuda, who documented Chicago’s Mexican American Pilsen neighborhood in the early 1990s while attending art school at Columbia College. It also explores the relationships between photographer and subjects over time.
Media contact: Shami Clay,, 773-550-3654

All Power to the People: Elizabeth Catlett’s Legacy in Chicago
Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago, June 10, 2024 – August 14, 2024
This exhibition highlights the printmaking practice and impact of artist and activist Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012) and considers her work alongside works by contemporary Black women printmakers from Chicago’s South Side who are building on Catlett’s political and aesthetic precedents.
Media contact: Alyssa Gregory,, 703-909-0787

Still Here: Linking Histories of Displacement
National Public Housing Museum, June 18 – December 17, 2024
Exploring the histories of displacement of indigenous people and African-American families from the land where the National Public Housing Museum is located, this exhibition includes art, artifacts, and public dialogues critiquing founding narratives based in white supremacy and settler colonialism. The project will inform the development of the National Public Housing Museum’s land acknowledgment and inspire a resource handbook for museum practitioners.
Media contact: Emily Breidenbach,, 847-997-3790

Persistence: The Lions’ Roar in the Puerto Rican Arts (Persistencia: El Rugido de los Leones en la Plástica Puertorriqueña)
Puerto Rican Arts Alliance, July 20 – November 16, 2024
Featuring works by 21 Puerto Rican artists living in Chicago, this exhibition examines the impact of colonial trends on the Puerto Rican arts and the correlated relationship with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Media contact: Jorge Felix,, 773-342-8865 x 104

Dawit L. Petros: Prospetto a Mare
Museum of Contemporary Photography, August 30 – December 21, 2024
Building on artist Dawit L. Petros’s ongoing exploration of links between colonization, migration, and modernism related to Italy, East Africa, and North America, this solo exhibition examines the ways in which colonialism and cultural memory are inscribed in the visual culture and built environment of Chicago.
Media contact: Heather Owens,, 312-369-7779

Floating Monuments: Mecca Flats
Floating Museum, September 2024
This large-scale and moveable public work of art and exhibition platform references Mecca Flats, a historic building on Chicago’s South Side that was significant to the city’s cultural and social history but razed during urban renewal efforts. The sculpture will be installed in public spaces and accompanied by programming that both celebrates the arts and artists associated with Mecca Flats and examines the legacy of displacement and disinvestment in Chicago.
Media contact: Bianca Marks,

Anishinaabe Art: Stories of Today
Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, September 2, 2024 – September 2, 2025
This exhibition examines contemporary approaches to traditional Woodlands style art, highlighting the underrepresented and diverse Native cultures of the Great Lakes region and the materials, art forms, and processes they have carried forward over generations.
Media contact: Kim Vigue,, 202-271-9344

Learning Together: Art, Education, and Community
UIC Gallery 400, September 5 – December 14, 2024
This exhibition centers the progressive art pedagogy of a diverse group of Chicago artist educators in the mid- to late 20th century, with additions by contemporary practitioners. Together with a companion exhibition at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, the projects tell the first broad history of arts education and artist-educators in Chicago.
Media contact: Denny Mwaura,

Radical Craft: Arts Education at Hull-House, 1889–1935
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, September 6, 2024 – July 27, 2025
This exhibition, catalog, and series of craft workshops explores the history and legacy of arts education at Hull-House in the early 20th century. Together with a companion exhibition at Gallery 400, the projects tell the first broad history of arts education and artist-educators in Chicago.
Media contact: Georgi Quintana,

Indigenous Chicago
Newberry Library, September 12, 2024 – January 4, 2025
Part of a multifaceted initiative developed in a partnership between the Newberry, representatives from several tribal nations, and Native community members in Chicago, this exhibition explores Indigenous history in Chicago across five centuries to highlight the way that the development of the city has been shaped by Indigenous lives and land. Indigenous Chicago centers the voices and impacts of Indigenous leaders, activists, and artists to tell a new history of Chicago.
Media contact: Bob Dolgan,, 312-256-3676

Edgar Miller: Anti-Modern, 1917–1967
DePaul Art Museum, September 12, 2024 – February 23, 2025
The first retrospective and most comprehensive solo presentation of Edgar Miller’s work to date, this exhibition situates his work within the broader socio-cultural histories of Chicago and the communities in which he operated.
Media contacts: Laura-Caroline, De Lara,, 773-325-7229; Russell Dorn,, 312-362-7128

Agency: Craft in Chicago from the 1970s–80s and Beyond
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, September 21 – December 22, 2024
Primarily focused on fiber, ceramics, jewelry, wood, and glass, this exhibition highlights the contributions of immigrants, artists of color, and artists who have operated outside of mainstream contexts to the visual and cultural fabric of Chicago.
Media contact: Christina Wyshnytzky,, 773-614-1269

The Myth of the Organic City
6018North, September 22, 2024 – June 27, 2025
This broad ranging exhibition provides an overview of Chicago’s early designs, historical development, and contemporary usage of its water, land, and air from its Indigenous roots to present-day climate concerns. Drawing from Chicago’s seal “Urbs In Horto” or “City in a Garden,” the exhibition pairs Chicago’s historical design choices with contemporary artist projects and community-led approaches to offer ways of reimagining our complicated relationship with the city and with nature.
Media contact: Tricia Van Eck,

beLONGING: Lithuanian Artists in Chicago 1900 to Now
Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, September 28, 2024 – December 31, 2025
Exploring identity and place through the diverse work, perspectives, and legacy of three waves of Lithuanian immigrant artists in Chicago, this exhibition and its associated programs and publications consider the causes and consequences of immigration/ migration, including displacement, colonization, trauma, and assimilation. The cost of belonging is choosing what to leave behind; its reward, creating new connections in this culturally diverse and evolving city.
Media contacts: Ieva Dilyte,; Sigita Balzekas,, 773-791-7737

Chicago as Catalyst: Immigrant Communities Nourish Self-Taught Artists (working title)
Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, October 5, 2024 – April 5, 2025
This exhibition focuses on the impact of immigration and the immigrant experience on artists who began a self-taught practice upon arriving in Chicago. It explores how identity relates to artists’ efforts in the context of Chicago’s support for culture, exhibition and community exchange. Themes include longing for one’s homeland, labor, individual expression and tendencies toward assimilation. The range of subject matter and artistic styles reflects artists processing distinct cultural traditions and memories, intersecting with everyday experiences of living in diaspora.
Media contact: Alexis Dupree,, 312-374-3862

ReSOURCE: Art and Resourcefulness in Black Chicago
South Side Community Art Center, October 11 – December 31, 2024
This wide-ranging historical and contemporary exhibition focuses on Black artists in Chicago who work with found objects and repurposed materials, environmentally sustainable materials and ecological themes, including the space of the city as theme and medium. Forging connections between historical practices of resourcefulness and the urgency of contemporary ecological themes, the exhibition shows how earlier generations of Black artists constitute a powerful source of ideas and traditions for artists working today.
Media contact: Lamar Gayles:; 773-732-3516

Letters Beyond Form: Chicago Types
Design Museum of Chicago, November 9, 2024 – April 4, 2025
This exhibition looks at typography (the shape and design of letters) within Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods to investigate design legacies and their contemporary echoes. The project highlights alternative modernisms by considering how revolutionary movements and concepts like love and safety have shaped the way communities spread and designed information for one another.
Media contact: Tanner Woodford,, 312-894-6263

Inverse Surveillance
Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), December 6, 2024 – April 5, 2025
This installation created by Chicago-based artist Assia Boundaoui with the Arab and Muslim American communities in Chicago, takes the shape of a full-scale labyrinth, containing more than 33,000 pages of Freedom of Information Act documents collected during a decade-long FBI surveillance of the community.
Media contact: Saleem Murillo,, 773-434-4626

Immigrant Printing in Chicago
Newberry Library, December 12, 2024 – March 29, 2025
This exhibition and accompanying public program reflect on the lived experiences of immigrant printers, designers, and bookmakers in Chicago and explore how printing by and for immigrant communities has shaped the city’s cultural landscape.
Media contact: Bob Dolgan,, 312-256-3676

Woven Being: Indigenous Art Histories of Chicagoland (working title)
The Block Museum of Art, Northwestern University, January 26 – July 13, 2025
This exhibition offers critical perspectives on the art history of the Chicago region by centering the viewpoints of four Indigenous artists with ties to this land: Andrea Carlson (Grand Portage Ojibwe), Kelly Church (Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi), Nora Moore Lloyd(Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa), and Jason Wesaw (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi).
Media contact: Lindsay Bosch,, 773-633-9467


Open House Chicago Tours
Chicago Architecture Center, ongoing
Focused on Chicago’s history of public art and contested spaces in neighborhoods, these self-guided digital tours pay special attention to the ways in which public ownership, identity, and inclusion are embedded in the city’s visual and material culture. You Are on Potawatomi Land and Los Murales de Pilsen are available via the Chicago Architecture Center app.
Media contact: Lauren Bakos,

Designing Belonging
Red Line Service Institute, October 2023 – August 2024
This 8-month long public lecture series, followed by intensive design + research workshops, engages houseless artists in the reimagining of Chicago’s public spaces. This learning is then applied to the creation of designed objects that make public space more inviting and well-researched public tours led by people with lived experience of houselessness, who know these spaces best.
Media contact: Rhoda Rosen,, 312-885-2254

Art Design Chicago Programing in 2023 and 2024
Chicago Humanities, October 2023 – October 2024
Programming for this series will include conversations about Earth Art Chicago, a new initiative seeking to bring attention to climate change and environmental justice through public art installations (October 14, 2023); and a dialogue between photojournalists, Sebastián Hildalgo and Luis Garza (October 28, 2023). Programming in 2024 will be shaped by Chicago Humanities’s first artist-in-residence who will develop a day of programming featuring site-specific activations in a range of formats that engage communities on the city’s South and West Sides.
Media contact: Stephanie Storey,, 818-694-6450

Mound Summit 2023
Center for Native Futures, December 9, 2023
Returning as a hybrid program, this daylong conference focuses on the critical roles Native curators play in institutions and gallery spaces, bringing nuances to the Native experience via the visual arts. The event features a series of selected panels composed of Native curators and artists to imagine themselves richly from atop a metaphoric effigy mound.
Media contact: Monica Rickert-Bolter,, 773-519-3238

Artist Run Legacies: Conversations between generations of artist run culture in Chicago
Public Media Institute (PMI), January – October 2024
This project convenes and amplifies the voices of artists and organizers who have built independent artist-run platforms in Chicago over the past 45 years through the development of a story archive, in-person conversations broadcast on Lumpen Radio and Lumpen TV, and a culminating publication. PMI is pursuing this project in its capacity as caretaker of MdW, an affiliation of artist run organizations in the Midwest, and its partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center’s Artist Run Chicago Fund.
Media contact: Nick Wiley,, 847-312-3449

Folded Map, January – December 2024
This initiative led by social justice artist Tonika Johnson is a response to racist Land Sale Contracts in the 1950s and ’60s, and their lasting impact on today’s residents. The project, in partnership with the Chicago Bungalow Association, brings together community members, artists, and other collaborators to catalyze the transformation of an Englewood block through arts-based and physical improvements and repairs to individual homes whose present-day property (de)valuation can be traced to racist housing policies.
Media contact: Angela Pauldine,, 312-675-0300 x 12

Seeds IV: Healing Stages
Chicago Art Department, March – December 2024
This annual initiative centers BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) voices and cultivates cross-cultural healing through multilayered celebrations. “Seeds in My Pocket” bridges the performing and visual arts to amplify direct support for artists, performers, storytellers, and other creative practitioners through a series of free public exhibitions, performances, and programs created with community partners.
Media contact: Carlos Flores,, 312-291-9743

Indigenizing Urban Intertribal Arts
American Indian Center of Chicago, May 1 – November 30, 2024
This series of art making workshops led by Native practitioners includes contemporary expressions of traditional Indigenous techniques in feather fans, moccasins, quillwork, and Hand Drums.
Media contact: Jay Young,

Designing For Dignity: A Convening of Possibilities 02
Opendox, May 16 – 19, 2024
Deem’s second symposium, held in-person at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and virtually, brings together designers, practitioners, and community members for dialogues around emergent and liberatory directions within design. Through a wide range of presentations, workshops, site/studio visits, and art installations, the event explores how design can draw on diverse perspectives to create more equitable and inclusive communities and futures.
Media contacts: Nu Goteh,, 617-548-9876; Amy Mae Garrett,, 503-550-4752

Chicago Style: Fashion and Design, Past and Present
Illinois Humanities, October – December 2024
Presented in partnership with South Side Home Movie Project, this event series illuminates the relationship between personal style and its historical context on the South Side of Chicago. Facilitated by AnnMarie Brown and Edvetté Jones and in collaboration with a special musical artist, an intergenerational cohort creates a fashion-focused “Spinning Home Movies” episode to be launched at a live fashion show. Two sneak preview events offer opportunities to engage with vintage clothing archives in the lead up to the culminating event.
Media contact: Sarah Sommers,, 773-251-4772


Fleeting Monuments for the Wall of Respect
Green Lantern Press, published 2021
Edited by art historian Romi Crawford, this publication reflects on the significance of the historic mural, the Wall of Respect, with contributions from more than 30 artists, designers, poets, performers, cultural theorists, art historians, and other thinkers who contribute responses that reflect on the concept of monuments in tribute to the Wall.
Media contact: Sofia Gabriel Del Callejo,, 773-324-5520 x 1004

A Digital Look at Chicago’s Art Fairs and Art Festivals (working title)
Chicago Collections Consortium, release date: November 2024
This digital exhibition features archival material drawn from an array of collections and documents Chicago’s rich history of art fairs and art festivals and their impact on the diverse communities they serve. Related public programs will feature archivists, historians who contributed to the project, and organizers of specific art fairs and festivals.
Media contact: Jeanne Long,, 708-288-0712


Black Arts Movement School Modality
Museum of Vernacular Arts and Knowledge
These free two-week virtual courses explore ideas and knowledge structures that emerged from the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 70s in several regions: Chicago, New York City and other East Coast centers, and on the West coast. Artists in those locations who were instrumental in the movement serve as the core faculty, joined by scholars who scaffold the discussions.
Media contact: Romi Crawford,, 312-342-6975

The Chicago Assembly
Independent Curators International
This professional development and network-building initiative creates intentional space for a group of Chicago curators to share their practice and learn from one another. Participants also have the opportunity to not only participate in, but also help shape the “Curatorial Forum,” a national convening of curators at EXPO CHICAGO that explores urgent issues within the curatorial and museum fields.
Media contact: Taylor Black,

Chicago Designs: New Approaches for Teaching Politics, Commerce, and Culture
Newberry Library, Summer 2022
Developed by university faculty from a variety of disciplines, the multiday workshop highlights key topics in Chicago’s design history, from the legacy of the New Bauhaus to the impact of the city’s African American design community, and provides hands-on opportunities at the Newberry Library and other local archives. Participants develop a teaching project that draws upon content examined in the program.
Media contact: Bob Dolgan,, 312-256-3676

Conduit: Black Art Preservation Project
University of Delaware, 2023
This project, focused on community driven preservation of Black Midwestern art, included a gathering in Chicago of regional cultural stewards, artists, scholars, and preservation professionals to discuss models of preserving Black cultural heritage informed by community priorities and cooperative structures for resource sharing. This was the first step in forming a regional cross-disciplinary network.
Media contact: Leslie Guy,


Artists Run Chicago Fund
Hyde Park Art Center
Administered by the Hyde Park Art Center, this award program provides operating grants to 25 artist-run spaces and platforms in 2023. Additionally, it provides grants to fifteen of these platforms for projects designed to engage the public, such as exhibitions and installations, talks, community events, and workshops as part of Art Design Chicago.
Media contact: Sofia Gabriel Del Callejo,, 773-324-5520 x 1004

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